Orientation 2024

New StudentOrientation

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Alfred State prepares you to be a Pioneer and answers all your questions. At orientation you'll learn where to eat, what fun things to do, how to make new friends, when you'll be in classes and labs with your new class schedule, who can provide you support, and why being a Pioneer is so great.

Orientation puts students on the right track for success and we also invite guests such as parents and siblings to come learn all about Alfred State. Online learning students will receive virtual orientation information by email to prepare for their classes.

For on-campus orientation, bring comfortable walking shoes because we're going to show you so many cool and fun things. Student Orientation Leaders will share what college life is really like and outline all the support that ASC offers.

"The orientation team was very helpful and I enjoyed talking to them and getting to know other students. It’s super helpful to hear their experiences. I appreciated that very much."

"Prior to my son starting in August, I was very impressed with how organized it was and how welcoming all the staff and current students were. I also appreciated the food. It was delicious.”

"The amount of fun and how much it reminds me of home really blew me away. It was important to find my place and meet some great people before moving in.”

"I've known that this school helps students succeed, however I did not expect how they went above and beyond to help us. It’s also great to see how much fun you can have on campus."

New Student Orientation Calendar

  1. Pay Your Deposit by the due date.
  2. Sign Up for orientation where you'll see all your options.
  3. Complete tasks on the Enrollment Checklist.
  4. Pay Your Bill by the date listed on your acceptance packet.

Orientation check-in begins each day from 8-9 a.m. in the Student Leadership Center. There is no additional cost for orientation. Because it is mandatory for new students, the expense is already part of your student bill. There is a small additional fee if you choose an overnight stay.

Date Event Overnight Option Tool Vendors
June 24 Transfer Student Orientation    
July 8 New Student Orientation Arrive on July 7 Available
July 10 New Student Orientation   Available
July 12 New Student Orientation Arrive on July 11 Available
July 15 New Student Orientation NYC Student Bus Available
July 17 New Student Orientation   Available
July 19 New Student Orientation Arrive on July 18 Available

Vendors will be available at these sessions for School of Applied Technology students with tool requirements.

Overnight Orientation
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You can arrive on July 7, July 11, or July 18 and spend the night before your orientation session. Be even more immersed in campus life and build deeper connections with the extra time. The overnight stay is only $20 for dinner, evening activities, and a night in the MacKenzie Complex.

Orientation leaders are current students who guide you, share their own experiences, help you adjust to Alfred State, and grow into a Pioneer Pro. By staying overnight, you learn so much more about our campus and discover the many resources and services available.

How Does Orientation Help?

"It was incredibly fun and nice to meet new people at the overnight orientation."

"Lots of fun. Great experience meeting people in all fields and making friends."

NYC Student Bus
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A special overnight orientation experience on July 14 is reserved exclusively for NYC students.

Reservations are $70 per student, and those who attend will receive a $50 refund as our thanks for coming. We provide roundtrip bus service, dinner, overnight housing, breakfast, and lunch before returning to the city. The bus is available to students only and will be chaperoned; sorry, no guests. It is recommended students pack a lunch or bring money for food along the way.

The bus will leave from the SUNY College of Optometry (33 West 42nd St., across from Bryant Park). Students must arrive by 9:30 a.m. for check-in and the bus leaves promptly at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 14, and will return to the same location at approximately 10 p.m. on Monday, July 15.

Students must sign up to reserve a seat on the bus. Your bus seat is not guaranteed until payment is processed.

Overnight Accommodations

The overnight option for orientation is based in our MacKenzie Complex. Students will NOT be in the same rooms where they will live this fall semester. Students and any family guests will be assigned to different rooms so please pack accordingly.

All overnight guests will be provided with linens, pillows, blankets, and towels. You may want to bring a fan and umbrella as Alfred's weather can be unpredictable. Check-in begins at 4 p.m. in MacKenzie Commons.

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Parents & Guests are Welcome

Starting college is a big family event and Alfred State works hard to keep parents in the know about what's happening on campus. That's why we welcome parents and other guests to join us for orientation to see what life in Alfred is all about.

You can also get a jumpstart on orientation by checking in the night before. The overnight program costs $20 per parent or guest and includes dinner, information sessions, and an overnight stay in the MacKenzie Complex.

Overnight sessions include various programs specifically built for students or family members, walking tours of campus, and an evening social. All sessions offer the opportunity to ask questions of our dedicated staff and student orientation leaders.


Sibling Orientation

Alfred State College is excited to host Sibling Orientation in conjunction with New Student Orientation. This program is for first-year ASC students to invite brothers and sisters who will be in grades 7-12 in the following fall semester. 

Participants in sibling orientation are engaged in separate activities and informational sessions. This allows families and supporters to focus on information to enhance their students' college success while providing an opportunity for siblings to engage in specialized interactive fun and games.

Simply add a relative to your registration form so they can share your Pioneer Pride in Alfred State! 

Important Dates

Your deposit should be paid by the due date listed on the Deposit Instructions Sheet included in your acceptance packet.

Date Event
March 1 Gain access to eRezLife to utilize roomeez (a roommate matching tool)
April 15 Housing sign-ups available
June 24 Transfer Students have a personalized orientation scheduled
July New Student Orientation event dates
July 1 Fall bill available
July 14 NYC Student Bus from Alfred State will depart. Reservations fill fast!
July 17 EOP Students are required to attend the Summer Prep Academy (SPA).
Aug. 8 Fall bill due date
Aug. 20‑21 Move into residence halls
Aug. 20‑25 Week of Welcome
Aug. 26 Classes begin

Coming This Fall: ASC Week of Welcome

Once you've moved in, take part in our social events that help you connect, find your place, feel at home, and build meaningful relationships. Check out some of our Week of Welcome - WOW fun below!

Club Fair

Club Fair

Learn more about our 90+ student clubs, intramurals, performing arts, and community service opportunities on campus to find the activities that are just right for you.

Student Life 101

Student Life 101

Connect with the Cultural Center, Health & Wellness, Fitness Center, University Police, Technology Services, ACES (dining services), and others who are part of our caring community.

Academic Support

Academic Support

Learn your way around and how you can benefit from our Library, Advising, Student Success Center, Printing 101, and 200+ Labs.

On-Campus Job Fair

On-Campus Job Fair

Explore on-campus student employment opportunities for both temporary service and work study-eligible positions.

Contact Us

Office of Student Engagement
Student Leadership Center, Suite 204
10 Upper College Drive
Alfred, NY 14802
Phone: 607-587-3114 or
Email: orientation@alfredstate.edu